Thursday, March 31, 2011


     The newest smart primate is all about demystifying dinosaurs, and why it seems to be taking admired traditions so long to grasp with the science. So, with acknowledgment for spoiling your childhood idylls, here are Smart Apes’ Top 5 Dinosaur legends:
     Brontosaurus was type of a Frankenstein, born of the vagaries of meadow work. Back in the delayed 19th Century, Othinel Charles Marsh was in an all-out war with other relic hunters in excess of who could find the popular new dinosaurs. In his speed he determined and named two dinosaurs: first apatosaurus, then brontosaurus. Turns out they were the similar dinosaur, just dissimilar ages. Besides, brontosaurus was misplaced a head (as long-dead dinosaurs often are), so Marsh gently gave him one. Simply trouble was its head of a completely different dinosaur, camarasaurus. Anyway, the legends are extensive enough that the U. S. Postal Service at rest put brontosaurus in a place of “dinosaur” stamps in 1989.
     One more field merge – at slightest, maybe. Previous year paleo-celebrity Jack Horner of the Museum of the Rockies co-wrote a document suggestive of that triceratops was probable a younger account of other dinosaur, like torosaurus. Anyway, when comic Dan Telfer complete orientation to the doubtful triceratops on the last Clever Apes, we quickly conventional suffering tweets from etsysockmonkey, declaring that we made her cry and cleaned out her life. Well, I detestation to smash it to you, but it turns out the hit monkey is just a juvenile description of the swollen monchhichi.
     The image of the T. Rex is of the powerful predator threatening large, back upright, puny arm-twigs raised in frightening fashion. I assume that seemed more impressive than the hunched-over thing we at the present know it to be. As paleontologist Paul Sereno explains, the T. Rex was a great deal more bird than kangaroo. Most grave museums get this precise now, but I can tell you from individual experience: the inferior plastic-toy manufacturers have yet to catch up.
     The plan that dinosaurs had brains the amount of a walnut is itself rather of a legend, but it there to be true just in case of the stegosaurus. To recompense, scientists used to propose the steg had a brain near its tail called “ass-brain,” as Dan Telfer put it. The idea came from a doubtful cavity in its spinal column, and the information that paleontologists could not visualize how the 30-foot long beast might function with a strawberry in its noggin. But in the past few decades, the second-brain supposition has fallen out of good turn. In case, that hollow space may have housed a small starch factory, alike to what modern-day birds have.
     These two did not traverse paths. All the cartoon strips and complexion books appear to want to throw all the dinosaurs gather at the similar time. But the Mesozoic dinosaur period lasted about 165 million years, and throughout that time plenty of dinosaurs came and went. The tyrannosaurus and the stegosaurus misplaced each other by 80 million years ago.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


The Canadian oil sands, a huge area of tar and sand being mined for crude oil, yielded fortune of other type this week when an oil company worker unearthed a 110-million-year-old dinosaur fossil that was not believed to be there.
The fossil is an ankylosaur, a plant-eating dinosaur with great limbs, shield plating and a club-like tail. Finding it in this region of northern Alberta was a revelation because millions of years ago the region was enclosed by water.
"We've never found a dinosaur in this location," Donald Henderson, a curator at Alberta's Royal Tyrrell Museum, which is devoted to dinosaurs, said on Friday. "Because the area was once a sea, most finds are invertebrates such as clams and ammonites."
Ankylosaurus dinosaur

dinosaur fossil found
The ankylosaur that was found by the oil worker is expected to be about 5 meters (16-1/2 feet) long and 2 meters (6-1/2 feet) wide.
"It is pretty amazing that it survived in such good condition," said Henderson, noting the fossil was three dimensional, not flattened by the heavy rock sediment.
"It is also the earliest complete dinosaur that we have from this province."
The fossil was found last week by a Suncor Energy shovel operator who was clearing ground ahead of development. By a quirk of fate, the worker had visited the Royal Tyrrell dinosaur museum in southern Alberta just the week before.

Monday, March 21, 2011

A new found ant-eating dinosaur

Scientists revealed a newfound ant-eating dinosaur. It was one of the smallest known and also one of the best tailored for running.

A farmer discovered the fossil skeleton of the roughly foot-and-a-half-long creature, Xixianykus zhangi, in China.

The dinosaur lived in a warm, temperate forested environment, watered by rivers and lakes alongside duck-billed dinosaurs. It was likely sail-backed predators known as spinosaurs roughly 89 million to 83 million years ago. Scientists are not sure how the dinosaur corroded, but the fossil is fairly intact compared with many, hence another creature perhaps did not kill it.

The dinosaur had a short upper leg in evaluation with its lower leg, a characteristic seen in many running animals.

The dinosaur was a theropod. It includes carnivores likely T-rex and Velociraptor. Its closest relatives within the theropod group known as alvarezsaurs had short but strong arms, tipped with a single massive claw to break into logs or insect nests. Even though the forequarters of Xixianykus did not stand the test of time, it likely fed in the same way, digging for termites and ants.

The researchers noted, many alvarezsaurs shared the fast-paced approach to life Xixianykus. Any small dinosaurs would be vulnerable to predators, and the ability to make a speedy exit if danger threatened would be valuable to an animal like this.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

‘Jurassic Park’ trilogy - dinosaur success

"Jurassic Park" movie, the gigantic thunder lizards from prehistory come crashing in to the modern day. The three-film franchise has made $2,075,654,626 around the world. It not only says that children are crazy about dinosaurs. A "Jurassic park" novel by the late Michael Crichton tells the story of scientists cloning dinosaur DNA, results in brand new dinosaurs.

The first "Jurassic Park" in 1993 was directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the novel of the same name by Michael Crichton. The film centers on the fictional island Isla Nublar in Costa Rica, where billionaire philanthropist John Hammond and a team of geneticists from his company have created an amusement park of cloned dinosaurs.

"Jurassic Park" is regarded as a landmark in the use of computer-generated imagery, and received positive reviews from critics. The film grossed more than $914 million worldwide. It’s the 16th highest grossing feature film and financially successful film for NBC Universal and Steven Spielberg.

Its sequel, "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" in 1997 was directed by Steven Spielberg, was based on the novel of the same name by Michael Crichton. Fans and critics pressured Michael Crichton for a sequel novel. He originally declined, but when Steven Spielberg finally started pressuring Crichton, a sequel novel was produced. Although the film is said to be based on Crichton's novel, exactly one scene from the book was used in the movie.

"Jurassic Park III" in 2001 science fiction film is a sequel to "The Lost World: Jurassic Park." It is the first in the series not to be based on a book by Crichton. The film was a moderate success, and had mixed reviews from critics. Most were split on whether the third installment was better or worse than its precursor, where the film once again suffered reviews mentioning little to no characterization.